Is the Southern Charm Crew Still Recovering from Thomas Ravenel's Dinner Party Speech?
One of the #SouthernCharm pals even called the events "Armageddon."
When folks sat down for dinner on Monday's episode of Southern Charm, they got way more than some tasty food and pleasant conversation. Thomas Ravenel invited his pals over to his pad for a dinner party to toast his new home — but when they started to dine, tensions quickly escalated as Thomas served up his feisty thoughts on several members of his squad.
From Shep Rose to Cameran Eubanks to Landon Claments, Thomas unleashed his ire using some very fiery language. And, yes, the word "sanctimonious" was definitely tossed around. Despite not being in attendance, Southern Charm matriarch Patricia Altschul has since the described the debacle as "Armageddon," to Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, it was incendiary,” Patricia told ET. “I'm surprised the police weren't called. That's my reaction to it … I think he chased them down the street in the golf cart, and golf carts can only go so fast. I think it was pretty scary.”
Shep, a guest at the table, addressed Thomas' dinner party fury in an interview with The Daily Dish, sharing that he doesn't think it came across the way that Thomas, perhaps, had originally intended. “Well in Season 1, he kind of did the same thing around the dinner table and it was funny. He was playful — a little preachy, but playful. So I think he had some sense of security and confidence that he would pull it off again in a tongue-in-cheek manner and it snowballed," Shep said. "And when things snowball for Thomas, he kind of panics and then maybe loses his composure, I would say. To say the least. So, I don’t know. Water under the bridge. I felt like I had to stick up for my friends and I just didn’t think it was right." Overall, Shep feels he escaped the brunt of Thomas' comments, save for a few pointed comments about his love life. "He wasn't that tough on me. He just said I needed to date Landon, basically," Shep explained. "I don't want Landon to be just one of the ones, and that's kind of where my heads at right now. I don't really feel the desire to hang my hat in one place."
Fellow dinner guest K. Cooper Ray called the gathering "insane" when speaking with The Daily Dish. "So we sit down, have a round of champagne, Thomas stands up to make a toast, and he started it. Everyone was nervous. But then it ended. He was rambling, so I said, 'Thomas, could I have the honor of taking the next toast.' He said, 'All right. I yield to Cooper.' So I stand up and I'm like, 'I would just like to...' Thomas is like, 'Well, she's...,' and it just started. And for once, I was glad to be on this side of the table. I was like, 'We haven't even eaten. Can people just sit down?'"
And while he remains a bit "bitter" still about the fact that he never got the chance to eat anything, no one could have guessed how the night would have escalated. "I thought I was putting my finger in the dam, and I had thought I had succeeded; no. And my point always with Thomas has been, 'Thomas, you're a Ravenel,'" Cooper explained, pointing to the moment that everyone — including Thomas — fled from the gathering. "I know the neighbors in four of those houses across the street. So it was just like, 'Get inside. Don't do this on the street. Get inside.' And then we all stayed late. I had friends from New York down who came by and peeked in the window and then we went back into Husk for drinks and we're all recovering. The dinner party was a bust, needless to say."-Additional reporting by Laura Rosenfeld
If you, too, are trying to recover from that dinner party, click through this vintage photos of the Southern Charm crew.